I've just about completed 10 years in the corporate world. Since leaving campus, opportunities for formal studying and training have been difficult to come by. You have to have a plan, be dedicated, and make the time, while being sure to be fair and balance life, family and work.
As I look back, I realise I should have studied more. Here is a quick look at what I have done so far:
2005 - 2007
At ECN, I did no formal training. I suppose I was just happy to be finally done with exams after 15 years or so.
2008 - 2010
Early in 2008 just after I joined, I decided I wanted to do more studying. I found out about a MSc Eng in Telecoms that Wits was offering. Some of the guys had completed while still at Wits before coming to work. I planned to complete it over 3 years. The first half of the year was for the course work and lectures, and the 2nd half of the year for research. I did two courses in 2008, and two courses in 2009. Each course lasted 6 weeks, with lectures of 3 hours, two days a week. I used to wake up at 3am to study, come in to work at 7am, leave for lectures at 8:30, and come back at lunch, and stay till late. 3 hour exam at the end of each course! When I told my manager that I was going to make up for all the lost work he said "I dont care what hours you do, just finish the work". Awesome!!! After 2 years of studying most weekends, I gave up. Best decision I made, with absolutely no regrets. Family is more important than this.
- During the same time at MTN, I did a one day Time Management course offered off-site. I still remember some of the things I learned, and have been practicing on it.
- I also did a one-week F5 BigIP Load-Balancer support engineer course
- Ericsson GSM one-week course
- SmartTrust DP support engineer one week course
- I was scheduled for an Oracle DB one-week course, but my resignation meant I could not make it
2011 - 2013
Two major training events at Accenture. Core Consulting School in Chicago in March 2011 - this is one of mandatory schools. They teach the Accenture methodology, primarily for Project Management and client interaction. Very good learning experience - about 300 similar skilled people from all over the world for a week.
- The other major one was Technology Architecture school in London. Very awesome learning experience
- TMForum training - one week
- I also self-studied towards Cisco CCNA1 in May 2011, and CCNA2 during July 2011. In December 2011 and January 2012, I self-studied CCDA
2013 - 2015
During December 2013 at IS I self-studied SIP School SSCA
- Formal CCNA SP 1 training for a week, and the exam the next week.
- During December 2014 / January 2015, self studied EMC Information and Storage Management. Exam coming soon I hope
- I also did a on-line VCE Associate course with exam, that took about 6 hours in December
- I hope to do a VMWare course and Exam this year, as well as complete CCNA SP 2.
- LEAP: Ken Blanchard Leadership
- Design Thinking: IDEA
- Crucial Conversations
- Crucial Accountability